Israel Folau only player not to take a knee ahead of St Helens vs Catalans Dragons

Last Updated: 02/08/20 5:30pm

St Helens players take a knee ahead of their game against Catalans

Israel Folau did not join St Helens and Catalans Dragons players in taking a knee before the resumption of Super League action on Sunday.

Officials and players from both sides knelt in a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, moments before the Sunday afternoon kick-off at Headingley.

But Folau, who signed a one-year contract extension with Catalans last month, did not take part in the pre-match gesture and remained standing as others around him dropped on one knee.

Israel Folau in action against St Helens. The Australian did not join other players in taking a knee before kick-off

Israel Folau in action against St Helens. The Australian did not join other players in taking a knee before kick-off

Former Australia rugby union international Folau reverted back to playing league at the start of this year in the wake of his sacking by Rugby Australia for posting homophobic comments on social media.

St Helens took on Catalans before Leeds Rhinos faced Huddersfield Giants in the first round of Super League matches since rugby league was suspended in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.



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